The Grand Ole Opry will honor Vince Gill on his 20th anniversary as an Opry member on August 13. Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Anderson , The Time Jumpers, Vince’s wife Amy Grant and his daughter, Jenny Gill, will be on hand for the celebration.
“Over the past 20 years, Vince Gill has helped create dozens and dozens of incredible nights of music here at the Opry, welcoming some of his best friends and musical collaborators to the stage, debuting new material, and performing his hits that have since become country classics,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “He plays the Opry because he loves it, and the Opry family loves him right back. We’re excited to celebrate Vince’s 20 years with us among some of his best friends and biggest fans.”
“I’ve been a part of a really special family for 20 years,” said Vince. “It’s hard to believe when some people have been there for 60 years like Little Jimmy Dickens,” Vince said. “What is interesting about an anniversary is that it doesn’t seem to make any sense because the Opry is so timeless. It seems to epitomize all things at all times. You have a brand new artist and someone that is 90 years old up there on a given weekend. That to me makes it feel timeless. I’ve been there for 20 years and I’m hoping for 40, and maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll get 60.”
Besides celebrating 20 years in the Opry family, Vince will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. He is also scheduled to release a new song late this summer with a new album, Guitar Slinger, to follow this fall.